The Patriots have made overtures to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd regarding a possible return to Foxboro, according to Pro Football Talk.

New England is one of six teams that have reportedly reached out to Lloyd about returning for the 2013 season, but the receiver — who was cut by the Patriots this past spring after one year in Foxboro — has rejected all offers, and is apparently considering whether or not he wants to retire.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady is sticking with Stevan Ridley.



Rex Ryan has toned down his act over the years, but the stories of his motivational techniques — especially when it comes to Patriots-Jets game — are the stuff of legend.

Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told NFL Network on Tuesday night that there was one occasion where he told his players he was going to punch New England coach Bill Belichick in the face.

FOXBORO — The Patriots went through a walkthrough on Tuesday in advance of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium against the Jets, and listed nine players as limited — the same group that was limited at Monday’s walkthrough. It was a group that included wide receivers Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson, as well as rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld.

The Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he’s eligible to return to practice after Week 7 and play after Week 9. Vereen suffered a wrist injury in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills.

Power rankings are a popular thing in sports these days, especially in the NFL.

Rex Ryan is more than aware that they exist. Coming into the season in some power rankings, the Jets were listed as dead last – 32nd out of 32 teams, even worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But after a 3-1 preseason and a less-than-riveting 18-17 win over Tampa Bay in the season opener on Sunday, Ryan thinks his team is starting to trend on the upswing.

FOXBORO — Danny Amendola put it all on the line in the second half Sunday in a dramatic 23-21 win over the Bills. As it turns out, that performance may have come at a price.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the wide receiver is ‘almost certain’ to miss Thursday’s game against the Jets with a groin injury.

FOXBORO — For a second straight day, the Patriots did not hold practice but rather a walkthrough. Tuesday’s walkthrough was on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.

The only two notable players not spotted on their way to the walkthrough were Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola. Vereen tweeted four emoticons of “thumbs up” Monday evening, an apparent reference to successful surgery Monday on his broken wrist, injured on the first play of the game Sunday.

FOXBORO — A.J. Francis is back in New England.

The defensive tackle out of Maryland, who was cut from the active roster Saturday, was signed to the Patriots’ practice squad on Monday night, according to a NESN.com report.

While Jets coach Rex Ryan has dialed back on his boasts over the years, his players have yet to get the memo. On Monday, New York defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson guaranteed the Jets would beat the Patriots when the two teams meet Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

“We’re going to go to Foxboro and get this win,” he told New York’s WFAN Radio. “We’re going to be 2-0.”